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Fight at Eaglecrest HS basketball game against Smoky Hill HS Wednesday night hospitalizes one person

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Posted at 8:07 AM, Jan 18, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-18 17:08:27-05

AURORA, Colo. — A fight that broke out during a basketball game between rival high schools Eaglecrest and Smoky Hill Wednesday night send one person to the hospital, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies who were working the game had to call for backup when multiple fights unfolded outside the school around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, the sheriff's office said.

During one fight, a person was injured and had to be taken to the hospital, the the sheriff's office told Denver7. That person was awake and conscious when he was taken to he hospital, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies were able to break up the fights and everyone dispersed, ACSO said.
The agency is working with Cherry Creek Schools staff to review surveillance footage of what happened.

There had been no arrests early Thursday, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office said.

Denver7 obtained a letter from Eaglecrest Principal Gwen Hansen-Vigil sent to the school community:

Dear Eaglecrest High School community,

I want to share information about an incident that occurred at the basketball game between Eaglecrest and Smoky Hill high schools last evening. I also want to correct some misinformation you may have seen reported on the news.

Last night during the basketball game at Eaglecrest, a fight broke out toward the end of the game that spilled outside to the front of the school. We had security and multiple law enforcement officers at the game, who responded to the fight. No weapons were involved. At least one news outlet reported that a weapon was involved. However, that information is not accurate.

We have been working this morning with Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and Smoky Hill High School to investigate this incident and gather accurate information that we can share with the community. Violence of any kind is not tolerated in the Cherry Creek School District, and anyone found to be involved in fights will face serious disciplinary consequences and may face legal repercussions as well.

Eaglecrest’s security staff work in collaboration with administrators to ensure that our school is safe and welcoming for all students. If anyone has information about something that could be potentially harmful or dangerous, they should report it to police or through the anonymous reporting tool Safe2Tell [].

Thank you for your partnership in keeping our school safe.


Gwen Hansen-Vigil


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